JEWISH WOMEN FIND MESSIAH IN THE PASSOVER
We had an enormously busy Passover season, with staff members presenting Messiah in the Passover in hundreds of churches around the world.Vladimir Pikman writes about this wonderful fruit of his labors:“We had a couple of Jewish ladies come to a Messiah in the Passover presentation I was privileged to lead.They were sitting in the very first row. When I was explaining how Yeshua (Jesus) initiated the Lord’s Supper with the unleavened bread and the third cup, one of them started crying and could not stop till the end of the presentation. God was at work! Afterwards she came to me saying, ‘Tonight I understood that Jesus is my Messiah!’ Praise the Lord! What a joy!”
NEW LIFE IN MESSIAH AND A NEW WIFE IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Manuel Goffman, who ministers among Spanish-speaking Jews in South Florida, is rejoicing about a new member of Messiah’s Kingdom who came to faith through the witness of Ana,* a health care professional who is a member of the Messianic congregation Manuel leads. Ana bore Gospel witness to a patient she was caring for, Jacobo,* a Hispanic Jew. Jacobo began to attend the congregation with her. After a short time, he received the Lord….and more recently Ana and Jacobo were married.
STREET ARGUMENT LEADS TO GOSPEL DECISION
The bold Gospel witness of our evangelism team in Portland, Oregon, has reaped a harvest in past weeks, with six people coming to faith in Messiah Jesus. One was Kenneth.* Walking downtown to his car after a discipleship meeting, our ministry representative could hear two men arguing rather vocally. As he approached them, one of the men left. Kenneth was extremely nervous and upset, almost in tears. Our representative asked if he would like prayer. Kenneth agreed. The ensuing conversation centered upon Kenneth’s life problems. After hearing a powerful witness and hearing the Gospel, Kenneth received the Lord and is now being discipled.
FOUR FAITH DECISIONS AT ONCE
Anna and Vladimir Bortsov, who serve in the Toronto area, befriended a young man, Ronald,* who recently emigrated from Israel with his wife, Sarah,* and two kids. As a trusting relationship developed, the Bortsovs shared the Gospel with them. Little by little, Ronald and Sarah opened up to the Lord. Finally, as they gathered together for tea and conversation, Ronald and Sarah made decisions to pray. At that moment the doorbell rang. Another neighbor, Violetta,* dropped in. She began to ask questions, and the Bortsovs explained the Gospel. As they did so, Ronald and Sarah’s twelve-year-old son, Samuel,* who had been sitting on the sofa listening quietly, came to the table and announced that he also wanted to receive the Lord. So did Violetta. Thus four new souls became children of God!
MESSIANIC MINISTRY STRENGTHENED IN FORMER SOVIET UNION
Kirill Polonskiy, our man in Moscow, reports that a Chosen People Ministries’seminar for leaders of Messianic congregations drew participants from all over Russia, the Crimea, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan. He writes, “We had three amazing days of training and communication. Our Mission is the only Messianic organization in Russia doing such seminars for Messianic leaders. We believe that training and equipping of leadership is an essential part of our ministry that will give stability to the local Messianic communities.” The seminar was attended by Alexander Royanov, leader of the Messianic Jewish congregation of Mariupol, Donetsk region, Ukraine.The Messianic community in Mariupol is continuing its ministry there, despite hardships.
CELEBRATING 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF JERUSALEM CENTER
“We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the purchase of our Jerusalem Messianic Center. This beautiful facility in the heart of Jerusalem (only a 20 minute walk from the “Old City”) has been a great blessing to our growing staff in Israel and to the many Jews and Gentiles who have found this Center to be an oasis of spiritual refreshment. The Center serves as the nerve center for our ministries in Israel and hosts Bible studies, outreach events, housing for short-term missions teams and much more. Please continue to think of our Center and staff in Israel when you “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Ps.122:6).
* names have been changed